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My journey to the practice of law was not linear.  I enjoyed a wonderful career in higher education before deciding to enter the practice of law.  Those myriad "real world" experiences and interactions with a range of people and situations have given me the ability to creatively address client concerns.  Also, typical of an educator, I care deeply that my clients understand their legal issues and options.  Contemplating death, incapacity, divorce, or dealing with the unexpected death or incapacity of a loved one is difficult.   Clearly, these are not only legal matters but also matters of the heart.  Another distinction in my practice is that I recognize and am sensitive to this reality.


Preparation of will or trust based estate plans for individuals and families are  an area of expertise, including situations in which there is concern for asset protection for beneficiaries, blended families, or a desire to minimize negative tax consequences.  Planning for lesbian, gay, bi -sexual and transgendered individuals and couples is also an area of expertise. 


After the loss of a loved one or their incapacity, I assist families with administration of the estate.  This includes wading through court supervised administration such as probate and conservatorships as well as administration handled privately, with trusts and powers of attorney.    


When people fail to create estate plans and become unable to handle their affairs, then the only option for managing their medical care and their assets is through petition to the court to become that person's guardian and conservator.  I am very familiar with this procedural, legal thicket and have represented clients in both contested and uncontested guardianships and conservatorships.


My experiences outside of the office have included teaching as adjunct faculty for the Legal Skills Program at the College William & Mary.  This is a two year course required of all law students in which they learn legal research, writing, and trial and appellate advocacy.  I am also involved with several professional and service organizations.


I am also mother to a lovely daughter. Any few additional moments are dedicated to spending time with my daughter, friends and family.  I also enjoy voice lessons (exploring primarily the musicial theatre tradition), yoga, and improv.


Practice areas


  1. Estate Planning: 30%
  2. Trusts: 30%
  3. Probate: 30%
  4. Guardianship: 10%



Hourly ($300/hour), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joshua Ashworth Goff

    I first got to know Geneva after she agreed to let me shadow her so I could obtain a certification. I was extremely impressed with her diligence and knowledge of estate law and guardianships. I highly recommend her.


    Joshua Goff Criminal defense Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Jace Madison Padden

    Geneva is highly knowledgeable, thorough, and compassionate. She is an excellent attorney and has the skills and disposition to provide her Elder Law and Estate Planning clients with the service they need. I would not hesitate to refer my family, friends, colleagues, and clients to her.


    Jace Padden Family Attorney
    Relationship: Other

Contact info

Promise Law

4410 E. Claiborne Square, Suite 334
Hampton, VA, 23666-2431


VAAuthorized to practice law200603/31/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Award nameGrantorDate granted
Rising StarSuperLawyers2015
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
OwnerPromise Law2014 - Present
AttorneyMcDermott Ward2010 - 2014
AttorneyJones, Blechman, Woltz & Kelly, PC2007 - 2010
Adjunct ProfessorCollege of William & Mary Law School2007 - 2011
Law Clerk to Honorable Cleo E. PowellChesterfield County Circuit Court2006 - 2007
Associate Director of AdmissionSmith College2000 - 2003
Association namePosition nameDuration
Hampton Roads Business OutReach (HRBOR)Board Member2011 - Present
Peninsula Estate Planning CouncilBoard Member2011 - Present
Peninsula Estate Planning CouncilMember2011 - Present
Hampton Bar AssociationMember2011 - Present
Hampton Roads Business OutReach (HRBOR)Member2010 - Present
Peninsula Bar AssociationMember2008 - Present
Newport News Bar AssociationMember2007 - Present
Virginia State BarMember2006 - Present
Newport News Bar AssociationBoard Member2010 - 2011
Hampton Roads Good Samaritan FundBoard Member2008 - 2011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
William & Mary Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor2006
University of WyomingPsychologyBS - Bachelor of Science1997
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Virginia Employees Retirement SeminarEstate Planning2009